Ford Releases New Video of Focus ST

Ford’s European division has just released another clip showing the newest incarnation of the Focus ST hothatch that is expected to arrive early next year. There is nothing new or revolutionary that is being revealed here, as the carmaker has already told us everything we need to know about it.

The car, which made its official debut at last year’s Paris Auto Show, is powered not by the 2.5-liter turbocharged 5-pot that is found in the old ST and its monstrous RS big brother, but by a force-fed 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

Despite a reduction in displacement, the new ST will have a total of 250 horsepower at its disposal, about 25 more than the previous generation. The car we see in the clip comes equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox that sends the power to the front wheels. However, rumor has it that Ford wants to also make a version with a dual-clutch cog changer.

That should make the car more desirable in the premium hothatch market and a direct competitor to the Golf GTI (which it will outpower by 40 hp). What we don’t rally like about the car is its gaping grille that looks like an angry fish’s mouth. The look of the car will take some getting used to, as will the “Tangerine Scream' paintwork, which looks less fun and youthful that what was offered on the old car.

Fortunately, the Tangerine Scream fish comes with things we do like, including huge 19-inch wheels, a larger roof spoiler and a rear apron with air vents and central exhaust pipes.

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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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